Careers and Futures

Introduction

Preparing our pupils to be successful global citizens and for their time after Lancing is an important part of our work at the College. The Lancing Futures Programme starts to prepare our students as early as Third Form and aims to prepare them to leave the College as confident, aspiring and self-aware young people.

The programme builds our pupils’ skills to prepare them for making choices about their future options and the Sixth Form. It also addresses the world of work; understanding strengths and weaknesses; building soft skills and engaging with different careers and employers.

Time is set aside in the timetable as a focused activity in each year group; with the support of tutors and teachers, pupils are encouraged to explore and develop ideas as part of their own self-managed learning.

About the Futures Programme

In the Third Form pupils begin to develop their soft skills. They are supported throughout by subject teachers, their own tutors and by specialists in the College. This is supplemented at certain points by external careers experts and by former Lancing pupils and parents with relevant expertise.

In the Fourth and Fifth Forms, pupils continue to develop their career-focused soft skills and also start to consider options in preparation for making decisions about A Levels.

All members of the Fifth Form are enrolled on the ISCO Futurewise careers scheme. Futurewise covers all the major educational transition points for pupils, from enrolment to their 23rd birthday. Futurewise members have a secure, personalised workspace at www.myfuturewise.org.uk, which includes an interactive toolkit to assist in decision-making and personal development. Tutors and parents have online access to Futurewise resources.

Pupils and parents are introduced to the Futurewise scheme at the start of the Advent Term in the Fifth Form, and profiling and individual interviews take place before Half Term. Pupils may book further interviews with the ISCO representative or with schools’ liaison officers from the Army, Navy and RAF.

Each year a careers conference is held for Fifth Form pupils and their parents. This event involves talks by up to 40 speakers covering different career paths. Lower Sixth pupils new to the school also attend.

''The Careers Fair we attended had a brilliant spectrum of career speakers, each one was specific to us as we chose the talks we went to see. All the speakers were very inspiring and helped us develop new ideas for our futures."

Fifth Form pupil, 2017

Enrichment and Extension

There is a wide range of societies that thrive at Lancing, providing the opportunity for all pupils to enjoy and engage in different cultures, ideas and perspectives. 

Pupils are strongly encouraged to gain work experience during the holidays to help them build workplace skills and to begin understand the world of work and potential careers options. This helps them focus on their choice of university course and adds a positive element to their UCAS personal statements. Although pupils are responsible for making their own arrangements, the school is usually able to help them find appropriate placements. The Young Enterprise Scheme gives pupils insight into commercial practices. Pupils who have plans for adventurous or challenging travel may apply for a travel bursary.

Pupils respond successfully to the choices open to them at the different key stages of their educational development and are mature and thoughtful in their consideration of life after school.

ISI Report, March 2017